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University named Tree Campus USA for fifth straight year

March 13, 2015
trees on campus

With its more than 1,400 trees of 116 different species, the University has again been named a Tree Campus USA institution for the fifth straight year, the Arbor Day Foundation has announced. Tree Campus USA is a national program created in 2008 to honor colleges and universities that have a commitment to effective urban forest management and that engage staff and students in conservation goals.

The University’s Horticulture and Grounds Department achieved the Tree Campus USA title by again meeting the program’s five standards, which include maintaining a tree advisory committee, a campus tree-care plan, dedicated annual expenditures toward trees, an Arbor Day observance and student service-learning projects.

“It is wonderful to work at and institution where the administration, staff and students are both excited and supportive in maintaining this designation,” said Dan Schied, manager of Horticulture and Grounds.

To view a River Campus Tree Tour video, as well as additional resources on the University’s arboretum, visit:

The Arbor Day Foundation and Tree Campus USA sponsor, Toyota, have helped campuses throughout the country plant thousands of trees. Participating colleges and universities invested more than $26 million in campus forest management last year. The Arbor Day Foundation is a million member nonprofit conservation and education organization with the mission to inspire people to plant, nurture and celebrate trees.

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